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There are 5 ways to get from Catania to Palermo by bus, train, bus and ferry, rideshare or car

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Recommended option

Bus  •  2 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Catania–Fontanarossa Airport to Palermo A19

$30 - $50

Cheapest option

Rideshare  •  2 h 47 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Catania to Palermo 131.7 miles

$13

3 alternative options

Train  •  2 h 57 min

  1. Take the train from Catania Centrale to Palermo Centrale Rv / ...

$17 - $40

Bus and ferry  •  3 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Catania to Palermo

$65 - $95

Drive  •  2 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Catania to Palermo 132.7 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Catania to Palermo is to rideshare which costs 11€ and takes 2 h 47 min.

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The quickest way to get from Catania to Palermo is to drive which costs 27€ - 40€ and takes 2 h 21 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Catania–Fontanarossa Airport and arriving at Palermo. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Catania Centrale and arriving at Palermo Centrale. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 57 min.

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The distance between Catania and Palermo is 168 km. The road distance is 212.3 km.

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The best way to get from Catania to Palermo without a car is to bus which takes 2 h 30 min and costs 28€ - 40€.

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The bus from Catania–Fontanarossa Airport to Palermo takes 2 h 30 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Catania to Palermo bus services, operated by SAIS Autolinee, depart from Catania–Fontanarossa Airport station.

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Catania to Palermo train services, operated by Trenitalia, depart from Catania Centrale station.

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The best way to get from Catania to Palermo is to bus which takes 2 h 30 min and costs 28€ - 40€. Alternatively, you can train, which costs 15€ - 35€ and takes 2 h 57 min.

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Map of how to get from Catania to Palermo.
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  • Distance: 105.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 30 min

What companies run services between Catania, Italy and Palermo, Italy?

SAIS Autolinee operates a bus from Catania to Palermo hourly. Tickets cost $30 - $50 and the journey takes 2 h 30 min. Alternatively, Trenitalia operates a train from Catania to Palermo every 4 hours. Tickets cost $17 - $40 and the journey takes 2 h 57 min.

Train operators
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Catania Centrale to Palermo Centrale
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
1st Class
$30 - $40
Bus operators
SAIS Autolinee
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Catania to Palermo
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $95
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility you’ll get to your destination – often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Catania to Palermo
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$13
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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Catania to Palermo bus services, operated by SAIS Autolinee, arrive at Palermo station.

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Catania to Palermo train services, operated by Trenitalia, arrive at Palermo Centrale station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Catania to Palermo is 212 km. It takes approximately 2 h 21 min to drive from Catania to Palermo.

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There are 3091+ hotels available in Palermo. Prices start at $43 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Catania and Palermo. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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